Poetry aloud: Kae Tempest's 'The woman the boy became'
Listen to Kae Tempest reading their moving and inspiring poem The Woman the Boy Became from their collection Hold Your Own.
A vastly popular and accomplished performance poet, Tempest commands a huge and dedicated following on the performance and rap circuit. Here, they read their inspirational poem, 'The Woman the Boy Became'.
‘'Born more brawn than most,
Born close to ghosts.
You could tell she wasn’t from
The same place as the rest,
Growing is what anyone would do.
Given the particulars
She knew what she knew
She was ridiculous.
Born too smart and too dumb.
Born to hold the world under her tongue.
Don’t swallow yet.’
Here's Kae reading the poem in full: